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Security forces arrest alleged hijacker

CAIRO — A nearly six-hour hijacking standoff in Cyprus ended Tuesday after the surrender of a man who commandeered an Egyptian airliner, claiming to have an explosive vest, officials said.

Pakistan to launch crackdown after Easter bombing

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan will launch a paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in Punjab, the country’s richest and most populous province, after an Easter Day bombing killed 70 people in the provincial capital Lahore, officials said on Monday.

Brussels bombings victim death toll rises to 35

BRUSSELS — The number killed in last Tuesday’s bombings at Brussels Airport and a rush-hour metro has risen to 35, not including the three suicide bombers, officials said on Monday.

Three Brussels suspects charged

BRUSSELS — Three suspects detained earlier this week have been officially charged with terrorist activities, prosecutors in Belgium said Saturday, as investigators in this tense capital continue to track down leads from the deadly bombings targeting the airport and metro.

Islamic State dealt hefty body blow with death of top aide

BAGHDAD — Islamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose overview of the group's finances, politics and administration was unmatched, Iraqi and U.S. sources said.

Obama honors ‘Dirty War’ victims: President faults U.S. on human rights

BARILOCHE, Argentina — President Barack Obama said the United States was too slow to condemn human rights atrocities during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship as he honored victims of the “Dirty War” on Thursday, but he stopped short of apologizing for Washington’s early support for the military junta.

Anti-terrorism crackdown may have spurred attackers

BRUSSELS — The four men — two of them brothers — who turned ordinary morning commutes in Brussels into blood-soaked nightmares may have been spurred into action by fears that authorities were closing in on them, according to a note left by one of the attackers that was described by a prosecutor Wednesday.

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dies at 46

Rob Ford, who catapulted into the international spotlight after admitting he smoked crack cocaine while mayor of Toronto, has died. He was 46.

ISIS claims responsibility for Brussels attacks

BRUSSELS — Three deadly terrorist blasts rocked the Belgian capital Tuesday, leaving more than 30 dead at the Brussels airport and a metro station and striking fear in the heart of the European Union just days after a manhunt captured a key suspect in last year’s Paris massacres.

Kazakh president urges unity

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said parliamentary elections in which his ruling Nur Otan party retained its overwhelming majority showed his country is united in the face of economic difficulties. International observers said voters lacked real choice.

Russia’s longstanding trust in Putin has been shaken, poll finds

Approval ratings have long shown Russian President Vladimir Putin to be a very popular leader among Russians. But a new poll suggests that maybe he’s not seen as quite so trustworthy as he was just a year ago. According to the poll, published Monday by the independent group Levada, Putin is currently seen as trustworthy by 73 percent of the country, a drop from 83 percent the year before.

Stranded Syrians have no time to wait for E.U. refugee deal

On the day the Aegean migrant passage to Greece was formally shut, refugees in a neighborhood of a Turkish port city were steadfast in their willingness to defy the wheeling and dealing of politicians in Brussels and Ankara and risk all for a new life.

Inequality curbs enthusiasm for Obama visit

HAVANA — Fluttering U.S. flags, fixed-up roads and fresh paint on colonial buildings convey the optimism in Havana ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit this weekend, but rising inequality sours the mood for some of the city’s poor.

Afghans, leaving in droves, say they see no future in their country

HERAT, Afghanistan — When most American troops departed Afghanistan in 2014 and the Obama administration helped install a unity government, it was supposed to set the country on a path toward self-sustainability after two decades of Taliban rule and foreign military intervention.

Cuba changing, but only slowly

HAVANA — Saul Berenthal has waited for decades for a chance to do business in Cuba. Despite the astonishing breakthroughs in U.S.-Cuban relations under President Barack Obama, he must wait some more.

Mother Teresa to be made Roman Catholic saint

VATICAN CITY — Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday.

U.S. Islamic State fighter in custody

ERBIL, Iraq — An American fighting for Islamic State was taken into custody in northern Iraq after he left territory controlled by the militant group, according to two Kurdish officers, one of whom arrested him.